Final Burning Man ticket sale brings total to 61,000 sold for $23 mil


With the final official Burning Man ticket sale going off without a hitch yesterday, Bay Area burners are now in mad preparation mode, with DPW setup crews arriving on the playa this week, early art crews heading out next week, and everyone else anxiously awaiting the official start of the annual Nevada desert bacchanal in 27 days.

With the US Bureau of Land Management recently awarded the event a permit and population cap of 68,000 — a big jump from last year’s 60,000 cap — Black Rock City LLC decided to bump up yesterday’s “OMG! Sale” ticket offering from the initially planned 1,000 up to 4,000.

“The sales yesterday went breathtakingly smoothly,” event spokesperson Jim Graham tells the Guardian.

Yesterday’s ticket sales brings the total number of tickets sold up to 61,000. Accounting for the expensive early sale tickets (3,000 at $650 each), low-income tickets (4,000 at $190), and 54,000 at this year’s standard $380 price, that brings the LLC’s gross revenue from ticket sales (not counting fees) to $23.23 million. The LLC also gives away thousands of tickets each year to volunteers, art crews, and VIPs.

No wonder this ambitious organization could afford to hire Graham as yet another official spokeperson, joining Megan Miller (US Sen. Barbara Boxer’s former flak) and longtime spokesperson Marian Goodell, an LLC board member.  

After last year’s stressful scramble for tickets, availability seems to be pretty good this year. Craigslist has lots of tickets still available for face value, and while Stubhub is still listing 223 tickets starting at $550 each (burners consider it bad form to charge more than face value), anecdotal evidence suggests that’s just wishful thinking by scalpers still hoping for a big score.

My advice: don’t pay more than face value, and if you’re willing to wait until the very last minute, you’ll probably get one for even cheaper than that.

Or as Graham told us, “Everybody who wants to get to the event will certainly get a ticket.”


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Posted by danial (clipping path) on Jul. 17, 2014 @ 12:40 am

im still paying for it, after my 4th amendment rights were violated and I became the first federally prosecuted attendee at burningman in 2000.

taking a fall for an arts festival turned meet and greet for corp. ass kissers and their lackeys.

it doesnt suprise me that marion goodall is first in line, puckering up. along with the feds getting itchy fingers for wanting some of the take, allowing the festival to let more pe PO ple attend.

and now I have to sneak ippn, only to rub elbows with a debce population of social climbers fez and tunneling their carreers by pertying naked wirh their indentured servants, namely, you.

see yoy in

Posted by Guest sethmaxwellmalice on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 6:01 am

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Posted by steven on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 11:53 am

I have always wondered where the $23 million+ goes. I doubt the lease with BLM costs that much. I know there are porto rentals, porto service, heavy equipment rental and fuel. Not to mention all the materials required to build the Man/pavilion. But Im just curious where all these millions go each year.

I have been Burning for 7 years now and cherish every moment I have had within this great community.

Posted by Skyzer213 on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 11:13 am

The Burning Man organization always posts their expenses publicly, so you can see where the $$$ goes. Here's the info from 2012:

Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

Yes - "Guest" is right - Burning Man (unlike many other event production companies) post their finances online - check it out here :

Posted by Jaki Levy on Aug. 18, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

how can you be certain those financial listing are accurate and don't just exist to shut people up who wonder where the money goes?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 12, 2013 @ 9:48 am
Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 11:22 am

Just add water! Now in Berry Blast and Lemon-Lime!

Posted by Chromefields on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 6:58 am

counter-cultural alt status to corporate shindig. Celeb's already drop in by helicopter and sip champers in their invitation-only air-conditioned yurt.

It's only a matter of time before BM becomes the enemy. But then again, where else will all the purveyors of bad art go if BM goes? And at least there is one week a year in SF where the place is actually pleasant and normal.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 7:13 am

I have contemplated these issues myself:

Posted by steven on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 1:26 pm